Northern Cape premier says no to new Mercs, buys 63 ambulances instead

Northern Cape premier says no to new Mercs, buys 63 ambulances instead

- Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul says his administration won't but new cards for MECs

- Instead, Saul says the funds will be spent on ambulances

- The move has largely been welcomed by the public

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Zamani Saul, the new premier of the Northern Cape, has announced sweeping plans to cut costs.

These includes plans to get rid of blue light brigades and other VIP treatment for government officials.

Additionally, Saul has said that the provincial government would not be purchasing any vehicles for MECs.

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Saul has promised to use these funds on services for citizens, such as buying more ambulances and setting up a bursary to fund some children's education.

Previously, Saul has also said that no portraits of MECs would be put up in government buildings, saying "Our task is to serve and not to be glorified."

While Saul's comments have generally been well-received, some citizens on social media said that they would wait and see whether his deeds matched his words. 

Some even said they thought removing the portraits was a bad move, claiming that the portraits were necessary so that the public could know who their public representatives were.

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Saul is not the only new premier who has promised to spend less, however. KwaZulu-Natal's premier, Sihle Zikalala, also chose to cut costs by holding a small inauguration rather than an overly large and expensive affair, according to Eyewitness News.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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